Dala Horses: IKEA Richmond


The Dala Horse is a traditional hand carved toy from the villages of Dalarna, Sweden. They have become a symbolic national souvenir, originally carved by woodsmen and given a as a gift to their children. The little wooden horses are a much treasured object in Sweden, and serve as a reminder of IKEA's iconic heritage.

We were asked to translate the Dala Horse into a super-sized, lightweight sculpture so that a cluster of them could be hung in the atrium of IKEA's Richmond flagship store.

We carved the 1.5m tall horses from lightweight foam and applied a high strength coating before finishing them in the traditional bright red paint. The horses now hang above the atrium cafe to greet customers as they enter the Richmond store.

 

Location:
IKEA Richmond, Vic.
Scope:
Design development and Fabrication.
Status:
Completed November 2017.
Collaborators:
IKEA Australia.